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Gun safety for parents

The safest home for a child is a home without a gun. Every day, 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. If a gun is present at home, parents can reduce the chances of children being injured by following some important safety rules: Store guns and ammunition...
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Opening doors to sport for those with disabilities

UCAN (Upstate Community Ability Network) was established in 1999 as a Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital program and has been providing adaptive sporting opportunities ever since. The goal of UCAN is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy recreational opportunities and to get out and live life again after injury or illness has...
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Stroke recovery and rehabilitation

As a result of stroke, a person may experience a range of new difficulties with skills like walking, range of motion and everyday living activities including eating, going to the bathroom, dressing and taking care of themselves. In addition, a stroke survivor may also experience problems communicating, thinking or swallowing. Rehabilitation following stroke should be...
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HPV vaccine: What you need to know

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. This virus can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, anus and genitals and is transmitted through sexual activity. There are more than 30,000 cases of these cancers each year – and most could be prevented with the HPV vaccine! The HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil 9) is approved by the...
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What is telestroke?

Telestroke services are now an essential part of operations for any Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) like Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital. In these types of situations, a stroke neurologist performs a video conference with the patient, available care partners, and treating staff at a facility where on-site stroke expertise is not available. The telestroke encounter...
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Summer travel safety tips

Many families count Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer! Summertime brings much excitement to families. Schools are let out, vacations are planned, and oftentimes with this, road travel! Before you plan that family vacation, hook up the new boat or camper, and hit the road with your family and friends, we want to...
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Stroke prevention and “secondary prevention”

Within the last 25 years, many significant and paradigm-shifting strides have been made in acute stroke care. These breakthroughs have made a major difference in the lives of patients and their families. Unfortunately, not all stroke patients are eligible for these acute treatments – particularly those who do not arrive to the hospital within the...
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Sun protection … for your eyes!

Welcome, spring and summer sun! Welcome, warm weather sports, gardening, boating and pools. And welcome, oxidative stress to the retinal pigment epithelium and cyclobutane-pyrimidine dimers in our DNA. Wait. What were those last two things? Before you really get going outside this season, we would like to talk to you about why sun protection for...
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Stroke and aneurysm: What you need to know

Acute Ischemic Stroke An acute ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery that brings blood to the brain. Deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the brain cells start to die at a rate of two million neurons per minute, which is why every minute that passes increases the risk permanent brain damage, disability...
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What you need to know about pacemakers

When your heart’s natural pacemaker is not working properly, it may need help. A small electronic pacemaker can be placed inside your body to help your heart keep a steady beat. Having a pacemaker means you will need to take certain precautions. But with proper care, you can live a healthy, active life. You may...
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